made it her mission to be approachable so that other women can talk to her about this. “So many people have questions but might be too embarrassed to ask them. I want them to know that they can come to me.” From a tough childhood and her mother’s illness to fighting her own battle with breast cancer, Kubeshni says she wants to encourage other women to be body positive and to always do their checks. “Time is of the essence: don’t put off having your mammograms,” she says. Because she was aware and acted quickly when she first found her lump, her breast cancer was caught early. “A special thank-you to my colleagues for the extraordinary support and encouragement

that they provided for me and that they are still providing. They continue to make me feel so special,” she says. Kubeshni now wants to have her womb and ovaries removed as the next preventative step and says all the decisions she has made to this point have made her feel free and liberated.

“I am body happy, even more so now.”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa is a nationwide drive by public and private healthcare structures to raise awareness of this disease among all South Africans.

Facts about breast cancer:

• Early detection of this cancer can lead to effective treatment and a positive prognosis. About 90% of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected at the early stages. • Regular self-breast examination and regular mammograms are key to early detection. CANSA Paarl Care Centre CANSA Paarl Care Centre is located at No 2 Monte Rosa Building, 276 Main Road, Paarl. No one should be facing a cancer diagnosis on their own and that is how CANSA Paarl Care Centre helps. They offer care and support programmes to all affected by cancer including the person, their partner and family. They also offer screening to help lower the cancer risk. Click here for more information. To contact the CANSA Paarl Care Centre, phone 021 873 6358 or 080 022 6622 or email them at .

• Presenting yourself early for treatment may result in more effective treatment, leading to a reduction in pain and suffering, and a significant decrease in the loss of life.

Pink Lady Crafts for Cancer Get your Pink Lady® bag at Pick n Pay this October.

TopFruit, based in Simondium, has been raising funds for breast cancer over the past 13 years. To date, they have raised over R800 000 toward this worthy cause. In October, TopFruit is partnering with Pink Lady Crafts for Cancer to sell Pink Lady® bags at Pick n Pay. R1 from each bag sold will go towards the fund. Pick n Pay and its suppliers have been part of this initiative for three years. Click here for more information.


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